Celebrate With the Y!

Annually each May, the YMCA of Austin comes together to show our deep appreciation for the profound impact that our volunteers, invested members, staff, and donors have in delivering our mission every day. Gather ‘Round is coming up soon on Thursday, May 16 from 6 – 9 PM at the Hyatt Regency Austin. During this unforgettable evening, we reflect on the many ways our Y family came together in 2018 to make a positive difference in our community, while recognizing a select few special individuals that went above and beyond to make a lasting impact. This year, our theme is Reflections: A Celebration Through Art. See what to expect and don’t miss out!

“Cactus Suite 2” by Glenn Chapin          “Hiking Trail” by Mike Etie 
  • Artist Gallery – We’ve invited local artists from the Y community to create beautiful artwork reflective of their Y journey. During the cocktail hour, please enjoy the gallery and learn the personal stories on how the Y has impacted each artist’s life.

The evenings participating artists are:

All artwork in the galleries will be available for purchase. 10% of the proceeds will be donated back to the YMCA of Austin in order to give life-changing opportunities to the people in our community who need us the most.

  • Mercedez Rex Hands-On Art – If you’re inspired by the artwork in the gallery, you will have an opportunity to get crafty and marble your own scarf or pocket square! Mercedez Rex’s local workshops around Austin are always quick to sell out, so we are THRILLED to have her be a part of our event! Click here to learn more about her work. Free to all attendees, but supplies are limited.

Photo courtesy of Mercedez Rex - Instagram: @mercedezrexdesigns

  • DJ Mixer Rogers – YMCA of Austin and guest favorite DJ Mixer Rogers will be there to kick off the night! He spins the records while blending the classics and current tunes to create an eclectic mix that is soulful, funky and fun!

  • Dinner & Program – During dinner, your hosts, dynamic Y volunteers Estephanie Olivares and Trenzio Turner will help recap the amazing work done by the YMCA of Austin in 2018. Congratulations to this year’s outstanding honorees:
    • Will M. Miller Award: Dorothee Auldridge and Ellie Falcao

    • Gerald T. Olson Distinguished Service Award Winner: Amanda Rickman

    • Community Partner of the Year: JE Dunn

    • Emerging Leader of the Year: Bryssa Rodriguez-Muro and Ravon Davis-Conway

    • Program Volunteer of the Year: Kayla Elliott

    • Philanthropist of the Year: Shelley Washington

    • Member of the Year: Yvonne Mansour

In addition to celebrating our annual awardees, we will remember the life of YMCA staff member and community advocate, Bakari Henderson. The Emerging Leader of the Year Award will be renamed to honor his legacy. Look for a video following the event to learn more about the legacy of this young YMCA leader.

And last but certainly not least, our new inductees to the Jeff Bomer Legacy of Giving Circle  will be honored. These generous individuals have contributed $100,000 to the YMCA in their lifetime. Congratulations to Bob and Rita Digneo, The Avery Family, and The Moody Foundation.

Hurry and RSVP below for this free event!


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